Archive for the ‘war’ Category

I had this book sitting on my desk for about a month. Then I hear that it was nominated for a teen “National Book Award” and to the top of the pile it exploded. This book read like a novel, specifically a Dan Brown thriller, with short chapters that hop around the world with stunning tension-filled stories, that are true. I loved the espionage missions of the Norwegian resistance fighters. Perhaps one of the few concerns was that there was no follow-up to the rest of their lives as there was for the American spy, Hall, and the brilliant physicist, Oppenheimer. The epilogue was the only section of the book sprinkled with the author’s viewpoints, but I think this cautionary tale deserves his take on nuclear weapons.

What a nail-biter!

And if you are brave enough to look at the bibliographies, you will be amazed at the attributions! I like how
Sheinkin attributes the direct quotes, not MLA formatted, but in a very reader-friendly.

Steve’s Website


Oh no, another Cinderella story you may say. But read on! Cinder is a cyborg and a mechanic, and the sole source of income for her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Even a disguised Prince Kai is a customer. Her adoptive father brought her home from Europe when she was eleven, newly injured but repaired with computer and mechanical body parts. But since his death her 17-year-old life is in jeopardy. Living in a kingdom of New Bejing, all the inhabitants live in fear of a plague that has swept through earth the last ten years. When Prince Kai’s father dies of it, as does one stepsister, Cinder is faced with an over-eager scientist looking for a cure, and seeing her as the key. King-apparent Kai is attracted to her and her smarts, not knowing that she is a dreaded cyborg, considered a dreg of society. Add an eminent invasion and enslavement of the planet by the Lunars and there is ample tension in this plot. But Cinder is more than a human repaired. The surprise ending really does make me, the sequel-hater, eager for the second volume! This is the new, hot series on the planet, and maybe the moon.

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

Marissa’s Website

Boaz is home, but his brother Levi and their parents can hardly celebrate when he locks himself into his bedroom sketching on maps, searching on the internet, and screaming during the night. Not even his gorgeous high school sweetheart can break through the wall that Boaz has created. Ironically, the entire community sees him as the homecoming hero, a marine who kept America safe. Levi discovers Boaz’s plans, infiltrates and tries to make a connection with his brother. Boaz has created a unique plan to deal with his PTSS and with war’s horrors. I would strongly recommend it for a civics class discussion or for a summer reading program for seniors in high school.

ENDERS Rating: *****

Dana Reinhardt’s Website

War Horse by Michael Murpurgo

Posted: August 19, 2010 in horses, war

Horses were drafted into World War I. Just like the British and American Expeditionary forces, few came home.

Everyone will be totally into the amazing action story and the chain of events showing a facet of World War I that few of us are aware. This horse’s story begins in England on a small farm, adored and trained by teenage Albert. He is not too useful on the farm as his thoroughbred conformation is not really compatible with the pulling that is required of farm horses. One day, he is whisked away by the military to serve is “The Great War” in France.

I listened to the audiobook of War Horse, a short novel that will move any girl who loved horses to tears.

British National Theatre’s War Horse (Check out the stage horses in the video)! Steven Spielberg is producing a movie based on the British stage production, due out in September 2011.

ENDERS’ Rating: More than horse lovers will love this. ******

Book eight’s exploits of Halt, Will and Horace kept me reading long after “lights out.” In this novel a power-hunger cult slides into villages of Clonmel warning the people of marauding bands of murderers whom their god, made of gold with the villagers’ riches, will expel from the land. Of course the hooligans and the head priest and his henchmen are in kahoots. But their performances are quite terrifying and convincing. Halt sees through the scam and leads the Will and HOrace to his homeland of Clonmel to restore the kingdom one local king at a time. With battles, stratagems and stealth they face their enemies. A logical and smooth ending is a perfect segue to book nine of this Gallic-style fantasy series. And who doesn’t love horses who telepathically communicate with their riders?

ENDERS’ Rating: ****

Ranger’s Apprentice Website (takes a while to load)

Wow! I am honored to read such lyrical writing. Morpurgo is definitely a writer’s writer. He was the Children’s Laureate of Britain from 2003 to 2005 and is a captivating storyteller and prolific writer! These stories are interlaced with short commentaries about their origins and backgrounds. I cannot wait to share the supernatural “The Giant’s Necklace” orally with family. And “My Father is a Polar Bear” would be appreciated by an audience full of people who have lost a father for one reason or another. “The Mozart Question” was my favorite and would be devoured in a journalism class. Nonetheless, I don’t think the book will be selected by readers unless we American bloggers and librarians and reviewers actively promote it. So DO IT! I cannot wait to read War Horse, his novel about one of the millions of horses taken for soldiers during World War. Today Steven Spielberg announced his cast for the motion picture.

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

Michael Morpurgo’s Website

The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz

Posted: January 18, 2010 in Families, Iraq, war

“In April 2004, soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division were on a routine patrol in Sadr City, Iraq, when they came under surprise attack. Over the course of the next forty-eight hours, 8 Americans would be killed and more than 70 wounded. Back home, as news of the attack began filtering in, the families of these same men, neighbors in Fort Hood, Texas, feared the worst.”

Martha shares the terror of the unexpected of the patrol and in the lives of families left at home. She spares no description of the attacks.

ENDERS Rating: War is brutal and a high cost. This makes me again wonder if I am worth it.

Martha Raddatz’s Website